As Pres Trump prepares to support the First Step Act, a criminal justice bill authored by Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), several lawmakers on the Hill today have expressed caution about it including Sen Booker who told me he is still negotiating about it
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee tells me that she wants sentencing reform added to the First Step Act because she is thinking of the many families whose loved ones are serving extremely long prison sentences for things such as nonviolent drug offenses.
I went to @NationalAction’s event on the Hill featuring several lawmakers. None of the lawmakers I talked w/ were elated about First Step Act which Pres. Trump plans to support. The main sticking points: federally restoring felon voting rights & retroactive sentence reductions.
BREAKING: The Trump administration is moving to prohibit people who illegally cross the U.S. border with Mexico from claiming asylum.
On a call with reporters senior administration officials said the move was to funnel credible fear claims more quickly and come up with an "efficient" way to process. They said the "vast majority" of people who come to the US claiming credible fear are rejected.
This is President Trump following through with a statement he made last week from the WH when he described immigrants as dangerous and a threat to Americans across the country.
Marianita’s parents say they have provided the U.S. with mountains of documents to have their daughter sent back to Honduras and reunited with her family, including her 3-year-old brother, Jadiel (pictured here). Still, it’s not clear when they will all be together again.
An amazing update to my story on the Honduran dad who was deported without his daughter: Marianita, 6, was finally reunited with her dad, Misael, moments ago in Honduras. The little girl quietly smiled as her father wept. Watch this video of their emotional reunion. Story to come
For months, I have been reporting on separated immigrant families and looking into kids who remain separated. Last month, I learned about a father who was separated from his 6-year-old daughter and then deported back to Honduras without her. They remain separated to this day.
Misael Ponce Herrera and his 6-year-old daughter, Marianita, left their home in Honduras to try to immigrate to the U.S. Misael says they were fleeing violence and poverty. But after illegally crossing into Texas in June, the two were taken into custody by US officials.
Misael & Marinita were held at an immigration detention center near McAllen, Texas, for about a week. Misael says, one morning, immigration officials came to take Misael to court & said, “When you get back you'll see your daughter." So Marianita hugged & kissed him goodbye.
Just got off the phone with Lanny Davis, Michael Cohen's lawyer, who told me: “I have an impression that Mr. Cohen could address topics of interest to Mr. Mueller relating to whether Mr. Trump had advanced knowledge of the hacking of emails for political purposes."
Lanny Davis also said: "We have definitive evidence that Donald Trump committed a crime and a crime involving the corruption of American democracy ... He lied and he covered up and corrupted democracy. So as far I am concerned, that is an indictable offense.”
Lanny Davis, Michael Cohen lawyer, also said: “He (Michael Cohen) would not accept a pardon from Donald Trump...I believe that a pardon from Donald Trump would by definition be dirty.” Davis adds that Trump has been "reckless" by taking away security clearances.